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Your list of top 5 "must-own" traditionals?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by addylo, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    Somehow this thread fast forwarded from 4 years ago so 300Bucks question posted in April of 2014 is even more relevant today... @addylo what have you learned in last 4 years? :D Better question is, how many hundreds of knives have you accumulated? ;)

    Just based on reading the variety of suggestions and being a person that has only been gathering knives for a few years... I think it does take a while to learn what you like and that could always change with your next purchase :) I think not only is it fun finding your favorite traditional patterns, but it is just as fun to find the traditional handle material that you like for each pattern. Below are my current favorite pattern/handle combinations :thumbsup:

    1. Barlow (sawcut bone)

    2. Jack knife (clip & pen / harness jack in some nice jigged/picked/peachseed bone or old wood)

    3. Stockman (for looks bone/stag; for practical use staglon, cabone or delrin)

    4. Scout / Camp Knife (for looks I love the old bone scout knives; for practical use delrin or traditional SAK cellidor)

    5. Pruner (beautiful old wood)

    To me the search for traditional handle material has been just as fun as the search for my favorite patterns. Of course, my choices are only traditional slip joint folders, you could have another category for fixed blades and locking knives too! o_O

    P.S. For historical purposes, I think a collector of traditional knives should have a smattering of cool old celluloid handle knives too that they store away from all of their other favorite knives ;)
  2. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015

    A Boy's Knife Jack, a Lockback, a Peanut, a Barlow, and a small Fixed Blade.
  3. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    Love that Barlow Shawn :):thumbsup: (Oh the rest of the knives are pretty great too ;))
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  4. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Thanks, Kevin! Glennbad did an exceptional job on that old Craftsman.
  5. Shurke

    Shurke Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2018
    My list of must-own knives is short.

    First, a 2.5"-3.5" pen knife.
    Second, a 3.5"-4" jack.

    Everything else is just gravy.
  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    5 - sodbuster jr

    4 - peanut or similar

    3 - pen

    2 - Vic recruit

    1 - classic Barlow

    Honerable mentions would be the Vic classic, and a Buck lockback of your choosing bid or small.
  7. addylo


    Oct 28, 2009
    Wow, this thread does have whiskers! I had forgotten that I ever started it.
    The biggest thing I learned is that these things are addictive. This is just a few of my horde.

  8. addylo


    Oct 28, 2009
    As far as my top 5 "must-haves"... I would say
    1) Barlows
    2) Barlows
    3) Barlows
    4) Barlows
    5) Barlows

    Dschal, Ironbut, veitsi_poika and 2 others like this.
  9. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    My favorite too :D My very first knives as a kid were regular old Imperial barlows with sawcut Delrin :)
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  10. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    (1) Trapper
    (2) Stockman
    (3) Peanut
    (4) Barlow
    (5) Buck 110
  11. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    Large stockman
    Jr stockman
    Cattle knife
    Jr cattle knife
    Gec bullnose or a gec 73 trapper
  12. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018

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